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ABSTRACT OF PROCEEDINGS
ANNUAL MEETING, 8th MAY, 1871. ^
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ABSTRACT OF PROCEEDINGS
ANNUAL MEETING, 8th MAY, 1871.
LEADER PRINTING OFFICE, 63 KING STREET EAST.
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES FOR THE YEARS 1871-72.
President Matthew Sweetnam.
1st Vice-President Thomas DavisonI
2nd Vice-President.... John Fensom.
Treasurer....... John Hallam.
FINANCE COMMITTEE :
John Hallam, Chairman.
A. T. Houel.
F. H. Medcalf.
J Nixon, Chairman.
W. C. Morrison.
N. L. Steiner.
Thomas Maclear, Chairman.
TORONTO MECHANICS' INSTITUTE,
ANNUAL MEETING, 1871.
May 8th, 1871.
The Annual Meeting of members was
held in the Lecture Room this evening,
the 2nd Vice-President in the chair.
The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and approved.
The annual Report was then read by
the Secretary, and, on the motion of Mr.
Spry, seconded by Mr. W. Lee, that the
report be received and adopted. Mr.
J. J. Withrow moved, seconded by Mr.
Shanklin, that the report as now pre-
sented be not received, but be referred
back with instructions to embody in
the report an account of the change
in the personnel of the Board and rea-
son for such change. On being put to
the vote the latter motion was carried.
The meeting then adjourned until the
The Meeting adjourned on May 8th
was held this evening, Mr Fensom, 2nd
Vice-President, in the chair.
The Secretary read the Annual Report
as amended, according to the resolution
passed at the previous meeting of mem-
bers, May 8th. On the the motion of
Mr. J. J. Withrow, seconded by Mr. Davi-
son, the report was received and adopted.
Moved by Mr. Sheppard, seconded
by Mr. McCrosson, that all the words
after " attending the classes" be struck
out in the section regarding evening
classes. This motion was lost.
Moved by Mr. J. J. Withrow, second-
ed by Mr. T. Davison, that in conse-
quence of the errors in the nomination
list and the neglect to present a proper
constitutional list, that the Provisional
Board be requested to prepare a nomina-
tion list and that it be filled up in a con-
stitutional manner. This motion on
being put to the vote was carried.
On the motion of Mr. J. J. Withrow,
seconded by Mr. Davison, the meeting
adjourned sine die.
July 7th, 1871.
The Meeting adjourned May 15th was
held this evening for election of officers.
Mr. F. H. Medcalf in the chair.
On the motion of Mr. McCrosson,
seconded by Mr. Maclear, Messrs. Bade-
nach Crawford and Foster were appoint-
ed scrutineers of the ballot.
The Chairman declared Mr. Sweet-
nam elected as President for the ensuing
year, there being no opposition.
The scrutineers reported the following
officers elected : —
Thos. Davison, 1st Vice-President.
John Fensom, 2nd do- do.
John Hall am, Treasurar.
Donald Gibson, A. T. Houel,
F. H. Medcalf, W. C. Morrison,
Alex. Wills, Jr., Thos. Maclear,
Donald Fraser, Sr. John Shanklin,
Robert Flint, G. Robertson,
J. B. Nixon. N. L. Steiner.
The meeting adjourned.
ANNUAL REPORT, 1871
Mr. S. Brodie, Secretary, read the an-
nual report of the Directors, as follows : —
The Directors of the Toronto Mechanics'
Institute, beg leave to present their report
for the year ending May 1st, 1871, being
the forty-first year of the existence of this
During the year a change occured in the
personnel of the Board of Directors, under
the following circumstances : — A. resolution
was passed at a meeting of the Board held
on the 6th January, 1871, dispensing with
the services of the Secretary, alter the ex-
piration of his years services [Feb. 4thJ. On
the evening of January 19th, a special meet-
ing of the members was held pursuant to a
requisition signed by twenty-four of the
members, to take into consideration the re-
solution passed by the Board of Directors,
and the propriety of calling upon them to
withdiaw and cancel the said resolution.
At this meeting the following resolution
was adopted on the motion of Mr Bunting,
seconded by Mr. W. S. Smart, " That in the
opinion of this meeting the proposed dis-
missal of Mr. Brodie, the Secretary, by the
Board of Directors, is not desirable at pre-
sent, and that the Directors be, and are
hereby requested to rescind the resolution
parsed at the last meeting of the Board dis-
missing the Secretary, and further, that it
is the opinion of this meeting that Mr. Bro-
die has discharged his duties as satisfacto-
rily as could reasonably be expected con-
sidering his very recent appointment." The
Board of Directors d'd not deem it proper
to take any action upon this until the Regu-
lar Quarterly Meeting which was held on
February the 15th, the Secretary being in
the meantime retained in the service of the
Institute. At this meeting the following
resolution was carried on the motion of Mr.
Graham, seconded by Mr. Brunskill— " That
this meeting appoints a committee of five to
confer with the Directors upon the subject
of their resolution passed at last meeting,
and to investigate the books of the Institute
and the conduct of his duties by the Secre-
tary, and to report thereon at the next
meeting of the Institute, to consist of Messr3
Clark, Murray, Arthurs, Boyd and Bunt-
ing." Messrs. Davison, McCrosson, Ed-
wards, Hamilton, Marston, Jones, Walton,
Taylor, Sheppard, and Withrow, considering
this reflected upon their conduct, presented
their resignations and subsequently Messrs.
McOlennan and Gurney retired, net how-
ever until after Messrs. Lewis, Bigelow,
Morrison, Sweetnam, Fensom, Graham,
Ridout, Turner, Bunting, McMaster and
Medcalf had been elected to fill the vacancies
Messrs. Frazer and Steiner were subsequent-
At the date of the last annual report
the number of members returned
From which deduct for deaths, re-
movals and withdrawals 596
New members and subscribers ad-
mitted . . . . , 400
Classified thus : —
Life members 76
Honorary members 13
Showing a decrease of 196 members during
A detailed statement of the receipts and
expenditure of the vear compared with the
previous year will be found in appendix A,
Irom which it will be observed that the
Total receipts were $7,264 83
Total expenditure 7,2©1 31
Leaving balance cash on hand $63 52
The net receipts of 1869-70 were,
after deducting cash on hind
at beginning of the year and
the amount due Treasurer. .$6,520 45
And the net receipts for 1870-71,
after deducting- amount due
the late Treasurer, were 7,128 04
Showing an increase in the receipts of
$607 59. At the date of the last annual
report the floating liabilities and amount
due the Treasurer were $2,916 45. At. the
present time they amount to $2,609 97,
showing a reduction cf $306 48.
In preparing the statement of assets only
one half the amount of members subscrio
tions remaining unpaid since the first of
February was taken in account, which is
a much smaller amount than was included
in the calculation of last year.
Under these circumstances your Directors
have every reason to believe that the affairs
of the Institute are in a better financial con-
dition than at the date of their last report.
For a statement of assets and liabilities see
LIBRARY AND READING-ROOM.
Your Directors have done as much as lay
in their power to keep the library and read
ing-room in an efficient state. The thaniis
ot the Institute are due to a large number
of publishers for their liberality in con-
tinuing to furnish the reading-room with
their periodicals free of charge.
The number of books in the library
at the date of the last annual report
Added during the year 261
Bound up from the Reading-room. ... 48
Lost and worn out during the year. . . 284
Present total 7,819
Vols, in Lib. Tssued.
1870. 1871. 187'. 1871.
Biography 613 620 882 600
History 773 760 892 590
Mi~cel aneous 617 640 1/74 955
Fiction 2,302 2,228 16,526 15,987
Poetry and the drama... 259 250 600 43f>
Periodical literature. ..1,212 1,280 2,963 2,640
Science and art. .. 612 620 720 669
Religous literature ... 1S4 181 263 189
Voyages and travels.... 520 .V2G 93 i 870
Illastr^ed work3 234 240
Library of relerence .... 460 470
Total 7,736 7,809 24,564 23,980
The classes during the year have been
conducted with their usual efficiency. There
has however beeu a decrease of 108 in the
number of pupils attending the classes, and
of |126 69 in the receipts arising therefrom,
rot including the grant from the Northern
Amount from pupils, &c. . . ., $625 60
Amount paid Teachers, &c 550 18
Showing a gain to the Institute . . $75 42
"Your directors, believing it their duty
to continue this very important depart-
ment, would strongly urge upon their
successors the propriety of keeping the
fees of pupils as low as possible, so as to
afford persons of limited means every
facility for improvement.
NUMBER OF PUPILS.
1869 70. 1870-71
Book-keeping and penman-
ship, Mr. Samuel Clare.. 107
Arithmetic and mathemat-
ics, Mr. Samuel McAlister. 44
Architectural and mechani-
cal drawing, Mr. William
Ornamental drawing, Mr. R.
French, Mons. E. Pernet. . . 26
English grammar and com-
position, Mr. R. Lewis... 38
Chemistry, Dr. May 12
Elocution, Mr. Richard
The usual examinations were held, and
the distribution of prizes awarded to suc-
cessful pupils took place on the 19th April.
Hon. Geoige Brown presided, and together
with Prof. Wilson, Dr. Connon and Prof.
Buckland, pr-sented the prizes. Once more
the directors have to acknowledge the con-
tinued liberality of the Northern Railway
Company of Canada, and the generous
support extended by its managing director,
Mr. Cumberland, to the institution.
LECTURES AND ENTERTAINMENTS.
During the year with a view of introduc-
ing popular scientific lectures Dr.Machattie,
of London, delivered two lectures.
Mr. George Vandenhoff, the popular
reader of New York, gave three readings
under the auspices of the Institute.
The receipts from Entertainments
were $287 25
Expenditure 128 87
Showing a gain of $158 38
It it is considered desirable to have a
series of lectures under the auspices of the
Institute it will become necessary to affili-
ated with the Lecture Bureaus of the
Western and Eastern States as nearly all
public lecturers are members of one or
other of these associations.
Tour directors have long felt that it was
highly desirable that the mechanics of this
city should take a much warmer interest in
the management of this Institute than they
have done, and with this object in view
circulars were issued inciting delegates
from the various workshops and factories
to meet your Board for consultation. The
meeting was held in the lecture room on
Saturday, the 22nd April, and your Board
are gratified to be able to report that they
have every reason to believe that the object
they had in view will yet be accomplished.
Your directors would also strongly urge
upon their successors the advisability of
taking some decided action towards the
reduction of the debt before entering upon
any new enterprise.
In conclusion we have to report chat all
the officers of the Institution have perform*
ed their duties to the satisfaction of your
Board of .Directors.
All of which is respectfully submitted.
Balance Sheet, Toronto Mechanics' Institute, 30th April, 1871.
Real Estate.. $50,000 00
" Adelaide Street 5,800 00
Library and Furniture 7,900 00
Debts and Members Subscrip-
tions due „._ 227 26
Rents due 94 76
Cash on hand 63 52
Mortgage due University $18,400 00
11 " A. Stewart 4,000 00
« ll R. Stewart 1,000 00
Sundry Liabilities 2,609 97
Balance 38,075 57
Receipts and Expenditure, of Toronto Mechanics' Institute jor the year ending
30th April, 1871.
Cash on hand
Old Members and Subscribers. . . $1,016 50
New do. do. 738 30
Rents.... 4,002 72
Class Fees and Requisites 624 80
Legislative Grant 200 00
Northern R.R. Grant 100 00
Entertainments 287 25
Fines . , 68 62
Old Newspapers sold .. . 20 42
Lt.-Gov.'s Donation 20 00
Philosophical Apparatus 45 00
Advertising, &c, for Teachers . . 4 43
Balance due to late Treasurer.. 136 79
Secretary and Librarian $598 35
Assistant " . 273 03
Housekeeper*. .... 499 98
« Assistant 166 95
University Interest on Mortgage. 552 00
R. Stewart " * 80 00
A. Stewart « 320 00
Interest on Discounts 49 14
Postage , 49 89
Fuel 588 68
Gas, Oil, &c 1,005 01
Water 120 00
Blank Books and Office Station-
ery-. 15 26
Binding Books 264 29
Insurance 121 20
Classes 713 17
Newspapers and Magazines.... 180 37
Repairs and Furnishing 288 82
New Books v .: 304 95
Entertainments \ . . 64 72
Printing 112 49
Mechanics' Institute Association. 10 00
Bills Payable 600 00
Office and Housekeeper's requi-
sites 24 09
W . Edwards' balance due 198 92
Balance on hand .'. 63 52
We have examined the payments made by the Librarian and have had
shewn to us vouchers corresponding with the amounts charged in his books.
Toronto, 8th May, 1871.
THOS. D. HARRIS, )
ROBERT MAITLAND, f
Return showing the Newspapers, Magazines, &c. y with which the Reading Room
Army and Navy Gazette,
Illustrated London News.
« " Times.
Public Opinion, (London.)
* All the Year Round.
* Blackwood's Magazine.
* Chamber's Journal.
* Cornhill Magazine.
Dublin University Magazine.
Dublin Quarterly Review.
* Edinburgh Review.
British Quarterly Review.
* London Quarterly Review.
* Temple Bar.
* Westminister Review.
Buffalo Commercial Advertiser.
Harper's Monthly Magazine.
Little's Living Age.
New York Daily Herald.
" " Tribune.
" Shipping List,
Godey's Lady Book.
Canada Law Journal.
Illustrated Canadian News.
Monetary Times, Toronto.
Toronto Globe, (2 copies.)
Toronto Leader "
The Institute is under obligations to those
who have gratuitously furnished the follow-
ing Periodicals during the year :
Barrie Advance by the Publishers,
Brantford Courier "
11 Expositor «
British Canadian, (Port
British Canadian, (Sarnia)
Bruce Reporter. -
" Home Journal.
Christian Guardian -
Collingwood Enterprise , .
Dundas True Banner. . . .
Dumfrie's Reformer, Dr. Roseburgh.
Guelph Advertiser by the Publishers.
copies taken for circulation.
Return showing the Newspapers, Magazines, dfcc, with which the Beading Room
is supplied. — (Continued.)
Goderich Star by
Port Hope Times by the Publishers
People's Journal, (Toronto.)
Ingersoll Chronicle. .
Local Courts Municipal
Walkerton Telescope . .
Welland County Telegraph
Manitoba News Letter
Whitby Chronicle ....
Owen Sound Times
Owen Sound Advertiser . .
Upper Canada Law Journal
Upper Canada Journal of
Ottawa Free Press
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